A magnet school enhances DeSoto ISD course of study with innovative approaches to learning. Magnet schools have a curriculum that emphasizes educational focus such as: engineering, science, technology or the arts. A magnet school opens doors of opportunity and sparks the imagination of students, preparing them to become responsible citizens in a global society.

Any student who is part of the DeSoto ISD can apply for any of the Magnet programs.  Programs are not limited by school boundaries within the district.  An elementary student can apply to any of the elementary magnets.  DeSoto is a selective enrollment district, so even students outside of the district boundaries can apply to participate in our programs.

The process begins by completing and submitting the application for magnet school you are seeking acceptance. The application is available on the main web page at www.desotoisda2e2.org.

Note: The Fall 2020 Application process is closed.

Application period opens in November of each year and closes in February/March Randomized lottery selection takes place after the application window closes. Student applicants are notified two weeks after application window closes.

Students are notified in March each year.

Yes, each magnet school curriculum includes all traditional subject areas which adhere to the Texas Education Agency TEKS.

Yes, an application does need to be completed for the younger sibling.

No, students are not tested to be admitted to a magnet school. Each magnet school works with students to provide the best educational experience and helps all students grow and excel.

DeSoto ISD encourages parents to visit each school, meet the principal, and talk with the staff members to gain more information about unique magnet programs DeSoto has to offer. Parents can contact each school to schedule an appointment or come to parent information meetings. 

There is no charge to attend a DeSoto ISD magnet school.

 Transportation will be offered on a case by case basis.